This afternoon my mom and I made a quick trip around Smithville Lake. I had heard the lake was 95% frozen and I wanted to see it for myself. Except for a few small areas around the Marina, the lake was indeed covered in ice. Had I not known a lake lurked under the layer of snow, I would have thought it was a beautiful flat field.
We managed to find a group of waterfowl lurking near one of the marinas in a small area of unfrozen lake. Among the Canada Geese, I managed to spot some Hooded Mergansers. I was enjoying watching them fish when I noticed another small bird with flashes of white. It turned out to be a Common Goldeneye, which was a LIFE BIRD (!!!!) for me.
I'm constantly amazed by the beauty of each new bird. While the pictures and drawings in the guides are acurate, they never seem to do the birds justice. Exquisite!
I've never had trouble finding something to do...Cycling,tennis, creating something out of stained glass are a few things I enjoy. Recently I've added birding to the list and suspect it will become a lifelong hobby.